History


   

2019

Melbourne International Terminal: ARE opens St. ALi in Melbourne’s International Terminal. A local institution in the Melbourne coffee scene, St ALi has a strong focus on ethically sourced coffee beans and a dedication to making the best cup of coffee. St ALi also has a retail component where customers can buy their favourite coffee beans.

 

2019

Sydney Domestic Terminal 2: Tapping into Australia’s passion for microbrewing ARE opens Fat Yak Bar in Sydney’s Terminal 2. Fat Yak is one of Australia’s most recognised craft beers and the bar focuses on local, premium boutique beers matched with a tasty menu of freshly made pizza and skewers.


2018

Brisbane Domestic Terminal: In our second collaboration with world renowned chef, Bruno Loubet, ARE opens Seeds by Bruno Loubet in the Brisbane Qantas Terminal. Focussing on sustainable eating and drawing on Australia’s freshest ingredients, Seeds aims to bring customers fresh, delicious meals.

 

2017

Townsville and Mt Isa:ARE takes over three existing sites in the Townsville and Mt Isa airports. They are in the process of refurbishment and we look forward to offering a fresh new look in the near future.

 

2017

Melbourne International Terminal: ARE proudly introduces a new brand, Urban Provodore to the Melbourne International Terminal. Showcasing the finest of Melbourne’s food, wine and beer by selling local and regional produce in the heart of the airport.


2017

Melbourne International Terminal: ARE undertakes major refurbishments of two of our most popular Melbourne outlets, Café Vue and Bar Pulpo by Movida. Located in the Melbourne International Terminal.

 

2017

Sydney International Terminal: Sydney International Terminal: October – ARE partners with Luke Mangan to open Chicken Confidential in the Sydney International Terminal. Serving organic chicken with a cheeky brand message, this outlet is a crowd favourite.

 

2017

Sydney Domestic Terminal 2: Pete’s Pies opens in Sydney Terminal 2. Selling gourmet pies and sausage rolls as well as artisan coffee this is a great place to stop and grab something to eat before your flight.


2016

Sydney International Terminal: A world first – Peroni Bar opens in the Sydney International Terminal. This Peroni branded outlet has a great atmosphere and fantastic menu to complement the beers on tap.

 

2016

Sydney International Terminal: ARE opens Better Burger serving chef-designed gourmet burgers. The new trend for gourmet burgers is now available at the airport.

 

2016

Brisbane Domestic Terminal: ARE opened Merlo Caffe in the Southern Food Hall of the Virgin Terminal. Merlo has an all day menu and serves Merlo Private blend


2016

Brisbane Domestic Terminal: The opening of Graze Grill & Bar, a new delicatessen style concept in serving cured meats and freshly baked artisan breads was a real win for airport travellers.

 

2015

Melbourne Terminal 4: ARE opened up a number of outlets in Melbourne in 2015. From the industrial style and high quality product of Quikshots to the artisan brand Brasserie Bread and the great product mix of Go Convenience, there’s something for everyone in T4.

 

2015

Sydney Domestic Terminal 3: Viaggio opens in the arrivals hall with an Italian feel. Serving great coffee, snacks and alcohol.


2015

Sydney International Terminal: ARE opens Grand Cru, serving Allpress coffee, hot meals and a full bar.

ARE also opened Mach2, from the famed Machiavelli restaurant family. This Italian dining venue has a full menu and bar and serves Vittoria coffee

 

2013

Sydney Domestic Terminal 2: ARE partners with Frank Camorra to bring his 6th Movida to Sydney Airport. This traditional Spanish tapas bar opened in August in terminal 2 and serves a great range of Spanish favourites and a selection of local and imported beers and wines.

 

2013

Brisbane Domestic: In April ARE opens Bar Roma in Brisbane. This is the second Bar Roma in Australia. Bar Roma is a blend of the traditional Italian trattoria with a modern, contemporary outlet.


2012

Sydney Qantas Domestic Terminal: ARE redeveloped its signature Velocity and NRG Express brands and introduced Toby’s Estate Café and Bar Corretto into the Qantas Domestic Terminal as part of Qantas’ food court refurbishment.

 

2011

Melbourne International Terminal: ARE completed the build of its international operations, opening Hungry Jack’s, Wok On Air, Bar Pulpo by MoVida and, following the success of Café Vue airside, a landside Café Vue Express outlet.

 

2011

Sydney Domestic Terminal 2: ARE successfully tendered for three new Premium Dining outlets at Sydney’s Terminal 2. By the end of the year, Bistro 2020 was in operation, with Brasserie Bread and Toby’s Estate to follow in 2012.


2010

Sydney International Airport: ARE acquired Rossini Gastronomia, Rossini Gelateria, Bar Savoia and Naan Man Du in the Sydney International food court, with refurbishments to all outlets scheduled in 2011.

 

2010

Melbourne International Airport: ARE successfully tendered for the food and beverage outlets at Melbourne International Airport’s airside food court. The flagship restaurant of the terminal is Shannon Bennett’s Café Vue.

 

2009

Gold Coast Airport: ARE opens a refurbished NRG Express, Velocity, Zoom and Hungry Jack’s in the new Gold Coast common user terminal.


2008

Sydney International Terminal: ARE opens the Viaggio Vittoria café in the new landside food court. This opening sees ARE now operating the major premium coffee outlets in all three Sydney Airport terminals.

 

2008

Virgin Sydney Terminal: In July, ARE acquired the buzzing Quikfix coffee outlet, rebranded it Quikshots, and watched sales increase due to improved operations.

 

2007

Brisbane Domestic: ARE opened Wok On Air, NRG Express, Velocity, Subway and Hungry Jack's outlets in the terminal's food court, and wins Qantas' inaugural 'Retailer of the Year' Award for the redevelopment.


2006

Brisbane Domestic: ARE opened Atmosphere, a destination café with bar, coffee, full menu and huge plasma TV screens so customers can see current sporting events while they eat.

 

2006

Sydney International: ARE joined forces with the iconic Sydney café, Bar Coluzzi, to open a Bar Coluzzi at the Sydney International Terminal. This was ARE's first experience in franchised brands, and is considered a huge success.

 

2004

Sydney Domestic: ARE opened Bar Roma – an Italian café with thin-crusted Roman style pizza, espresso coffee and a full bar, and NRG Juice, serving fresh juices.


2004

Sydney Domestic: ARE opened Bar Roma – an Italian café with thin-crusted Roman style pizza, espresso coffee and a full bar, and NRG Juice, serving fresh juices.

 

2003

Sydney Domestic: ARE opened its now signature noodle outlet, Wok on Air and Ignite Grill at the terminal, creating the first ever freshly cooked meal offer on Australian airports.

 

2003

Coolangatta Domestic: ARE opened Pure NRG, Velocity and Refuel in the newly renovated Qantas end of the Coolangatta airport, after successfully running temporary operations at the site for over 12 months.


2002

Central Station, Brisbane: ARE opened Zoom and Pure NRGin the busy CBD terminal, further strengthening ARE's brand presence off airports.

 

2001

Sydney International and Domestic: ARE acquired Bar Italia in both terminals, strengthening the company's presence in Sydney. In September ARE opened Zoom.

 

1999

Sydney Domestic: Based on the success of ARE brands in Brisbane, ARE introduced Velocity and Pure NRG, completed in time for the Sydney 2000 Olympics.


1998

Brisbane Domestic: In a pivotal moment in airport retailing, ARE developed generic Food & Beverage brands to operate in a food court environment. The brands included Velocity, Refuel, Pure NRG and Tanja's.

 

1997

Cairns International: Following on from its success at the Domestic Terminal, ARE established Australian Gems & Jewellery at Cairns International Airport.

 

1997

Perth: ARE commenced the operation of two gift shops (Oz Shopand Australian Gems & Jewellery) and an ice cream shop, Fruit Scoops at the Perth International Terminal.


1996

Cairns Domestic: ARE acquired Australian Gems & Jewellery at the Cairns Domestic Airport, based on its successful management of its Food & Beverage operations.

 

1996

Darwin: ARE purchased all Food & Beverage operations at the Darwin Terminal. On take over, ARE introduced Australian Gems & Jewellery, a Café and News & Gifts

 

1991

Alice Springs: Overcoming the challenges of operating in the new terminal's harsh desert location, ARE produced Bar & Bistro, News & Gifts and Australian Gems & Jewellery.


1990

Cairns: ARE established a Food & Beverage business at the International Terminal, capitalising on international transit trade. ARE operated Food & Beverage and Gift Stores for seven years.

 

1987

Brisbane Domestic: ARE secured all food & beverage operations at the new Domestic Terminal for Australian Airlines (Qantas) and Ansett. This involved a complete fit-out at a cost of over $3 million.

 

1986

Perth: ARE's design and construction of a News & Gift outlet at the brand new Perth International Terminal coincided with Australia's defence of the America's Cup.


1985

Brisbane: ARE converted a World War II hangar into the Brisbane International Terminal's concessions. From 1985 to 1990 annual sales grew from $1.3million to $6million.

 

1974

Melbourne: ARE operated three news agency bookstalls at the new Tullamarine Airport for eight years, making ARE the largest bookseller in Victoria at the time.

 

1971

Perth: Airport Retail Enterprises founded.